Today's $2,050 of donations go to help those institutions who work to end human suffering.
Laura and Isobel - Helen Keller Institute - $500
Statement - “Isobel recommended the Helen Keller International which does part of their program on Onchocerciasis (aka river blindness) which is the part of that program she was hoping to specify. She knows that Austin, as she does, would want people to be able to see with a simple treatment.“
Jackie C. - PATH - $250 matching contribution
Statement - “Gregg, I was so sad to hear the terrible news that you shared with me when I sent Christmas greetings to you last month. Although I never had the privilege of meeting your son, after reading about him and watching the University of Chicago memorial service, I feel that I know him a little. On this tenth day of Austin's Christmas, I would like to add to the many charitable contributions
that friends of your family have made in his memory.
Statement - “You know about the incredibly difficult initial months Jon had when Alex was first born - and if it was not for the dedication and determination of the staff at the hospital he would not have made it. So I would like to make my first pledge to Alder Hey Children's Hospital (the busiest children's hospital in the UK) who are currently fundraising to build a new site.”
Statement - “The other program Isobel likes and has raised money for in the past is Partners in Health. They go to Haiti and Africa and do all kinds of really good work. The founder of that outfit in an amazing doctor, Paul Farmer, who was the subject of a book by Tracy Kidder called Mountains Beyond Mountains about his work in Haiti.”
Statement - “My second pledge is to the Nordoff Robbins music charity. Nordoff Robbins is a music charity dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults. They help a range of people with a range of challenges such as autism, dementia, mental health problems, stroke, brain injury, depression and life-threatening or terminal illnesses, such as cancer. All of the people they help have one uniting factor - music dramatically improves their quality of life.
I thought this was a fitting tribute to Austin's love of music. ”